Windies brush aside Pakistan to end wretched slump
West Indies halted their luckless run when they convincingly beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday, to record their first Test victory in 19 months and end an otherwise nightmarish tour on a celebratory note.
The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morning session on the final day to complete a successful chase of their modest target of 153, as opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich stroked unbeaten half-centuries to end a run of eight successive losses on the tour stretching back to the Twenty20 and one-day series last month.
West Indies had not won a Test since beating England in Bridgetown in May last year, and yesterday's victory marked only their second in 17 matches and first on foreign soil in four years.
Significantly, it was the visitors' first away win over a higher ranked side in almost 10 years and was also Jason Holder's first success as captain since taking over the helm in August last year.
"It is an extremely important [victory] especially after the Dubai Test match when many people thought we could have won the game. We personally felt we could have won the game but we didn't get across the line," Holder told reporters afterwards.
Resuming a tense day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 114 for five, still requiring a further 39 for victory, West Indies showed little signs of nerves as Man-of-the-Match Brathwaite and Dowrich produced confident knocks to extend their unbroken sixth wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a defeat.
Brathwaite, unbeaten on 44 overnight, finished on 60 not out in an innings requiring 109 deliveries, 201 minutes and including six fours while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an enterprising unbeaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six.
West Indies, however, had already surrendered the series following defeats in the first Test in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi.
Despite yesterday's success, the West Indies have now gone two years without a Test series win.